All 135 PokerStars SCOOP Events Smash Guarantees
The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has almost concluded, and the entrance numbers are staggering.
SCOOP 2014 was billed as the “richest” online tournament series ever scheduled, with $40 million guaranteed across 135 events.
Yet despite these high numbers, every single event has smashed its guarantee—with some attracting double, even triple the expected turn-out.
In total, $80 million will have been won by players across the two-week series.
The main events—two-day tournaments that will conclude later Monday—are prime examples.
The low event, a $109-buyin with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and $100,000 guaranteed for first, attracted over 21,000 players, amassing a prize pool of over $2.1 million. First place will take home over $215,000.
The medium level, with a $1050 buyin, also easily smashed the $2 million guarantee: 4047 players registered, making a prize pool just over $4 million and a first place prize of $635,000.
But the high level has done even better. The highroller $10.3k event guaranteed a $3 million prize pool and $500k for the winner, but with 657 players attracted, over $6.5 million will be paid out in prizes—and the winner will take home $1.2 million.
As a single point of comparison, in 2013, the SCOOP Main—won by Viktor “Isildur” Blom—had a prize pool of $5.8 million.
For the first time, SCOOP was accompanied by playSCOOP, its first ever play money tournament series. These did not have play money “guarantees,” although the main event—which had a buy-in of $10m—did amass a prize pool of 747 million play chips.